Sport History

Rethinking the Olympics Cultural Histories of the Modern Games

This anthology of essays, previously published in Olympika: The International Journal of Olympic Studies, addresses key themes in the scholarly study of the Games. Part I of Rethinking the Olympics presents seven articles devoted to Olympic history: the Games’ legacy from antiquity, their modern evolution, and the most controversial Games of the modern era, the Berlin Games of 1936. Part II reviews the persistent problems and crises that confounded and defined the Olympic Games over time. The nine essays in this section focus on a variety of issues such as: performance enhancement; the rise of commercialism; enduring controversies in the form of leadership, corruption, and the Cold War; and the politics of hosting Olympic Games. Finally, in Part III, the future of the Modern Olympic Movement is addressed from the perspective of the rapidly accelerating and mushrooming process of globalization.

Long Run to Freedom:Sport, Cultures and Identities in South Africa

The Long Run to Freedom: Sport, Cultures and Identities in South Africa analyzes the meaning attached to sport in South African societies, past and present. It explores the history and changing meanings attached to particular sports in the old and new South Africas, and the ways in which sport is being used in the present. In particular, it examines the prominent team sports of rugby, soccer, and cricket in the creation of social divisions and unities over the course of South African history.

Examining Sport Histories: Power, Paradigms, and Reflexivity

Examining Sport Histories: Power, Paradigms, and Reflexivity explores the ways in which postmodernist and poststructural approaches can enrich the study of the sporting past. Throughout the chapters, the internationally respected authors draw from their own vast experiences within the study of sport history to collectively promote postmodernism and poststructuralism as forms of social theory that can guide the future of sport historical research.

100 Campeones: Latino Groundbreakers Who Paved the Way in Sport

100 Campeones: Latino Groundbreakers Who Paved the Way in Sport is much more than a group of stories that feature the talents, triumphs, and tempests of the careers of Latinos in sport. It is a book of living history, rich in culture and tradition. It is a collection of firsts, of legends, and of names that will soon become familiar to the world. 100 Campeones is a treasure box of inspiring stories that were, at times, created out of dire hardship and oppression.